Dr. John Lairsey has announced his intention to retire as superintendent for the Charlton County School System effective January 1, 2021.  He made the announcement at the conclusion of the Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, July 21.  Dr. Lairsey has served as the superintendent since 2011 and previously served as a teacher, principal and associate superintendent.  Beginning his career at Charlton County High School in 1986, he served as the Director of Bands before assuming the principal’s role at the former Folkston Middle School.

According to Dr. Lairsey, “I have been blessed to work for this outstanding school system and am truly thankful for my 34.5 years here.  While I do have plans to begin a second career in January, Charlton County is my home and my family and I are not going anywhere. I have been so fortunate to work with many outstanding educators and students throughout my career.  I am especially appreciative of working with an outstanding board of education. The board members have been supportive and truly care about our students and staff.” 

Dr. Lairsey has accepted an offer to become an Assistant Professor in the Leadership, Curriculum and Workforce Development Department of the College of Education at Valdosta State University. 

Dr. Matthew Sands, chairman of the Board of Education, commented on the departure of Dr. Lairsey, “Dr. Lairsey has been an outstanding asset to this school system for many years.  We will miss him and we thank him for his dedicated service to the children of Charlton County.  We are confident that he will continue to help us the next six months as we navigate during these difficult times.” 

The Board of Education plans to use King-Cooper Associates to help find the next leader of the system. King-Cooper is a leader in conducting superintendent searches for Georgia school districts.